Dear, Friends and Family –
Wow – So much to tell you…
Here’s what’s new…
What an incredibly busy, challenging, but exciting year this has been. In addition to moving to Portland and teaching full time at a new job, I have embarked on a unique way of releasing music through a platform called “Patreon“. Some of you may have heard of bands likePENTATONIX or a show called “The Liturgist’s Podcast” by Michael Gungor. I have joined the likes of these amazing creators on a website called Patreon. Patreon is a way for fans and supporters (like you) to help their favorite creators produce and release content on a regular basis. (A lot of amazing artists are able to make music because of Patreon! Check it out!)
Some of you might not know how Patreon works yet… Here the low-down:
If you are just now learning about this whole Patreon thing, it’s quite simple, actually! It works like this: If you want to support an artist on Patreon, you pledge an amount (like a jog-a-thon) per music video release. Each time the artist releases a video, the artist receives your pledge. For instance; I make about one or two music videos max per month. My “patrons” give anywhere from $1 and up each time I release a song online. When I release the video, I receive my patron’s pledges. Pretty straight forward, right? 🙂
OH YEAH! I almost forgot the best part… My Patrons get REWARDS! All of my incredible Patrons get rewarded for their pledges because I love them so much and could not make music without them! The rewards range from free downloads of my music to full blown house concerts! Check out my rewards here if you are interested in becoming a Patron. 🙂
Right now I have 50 amazing Patrons. We are hoping to grow this number to 60 by summer. My Patrons give me feedback on videos, submit song requests, and have direct communication with me on my Patreon homepage. But most importantly: my Patrons are literally making independent music possible for me right now. Without them, I could not do it. True story.
In addition to my Patron’s support, I have a friend named Derich Hartfeil who is filming the videos and helping me create them. HE IS AMAZING. We are having a blast and learning a ton as we go. We are on our way to meeting our Patreon pledge goal, but we have a ways to go before we are able to cover all of our costs.
Check out what we’ve created so far below! I’ve included all of my music videos below for you to see. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the ending part of each video! After all of my music videos, I talk a little bit about the song and give you a bit of insight as to why I wrote it or chose to cover it. You get to know me a little better, and sometimes I tell amusing jokes. 🙂
If any of these songs speak to you, move you, or brighten your day, and you would like to help us grow this music venture, feel free to swing by my Patreon Page and become a “Patron”.
A HUGE SHOUT-OUT to everyone who has already become a Patron! I thank God for you, seriously, every day! You are helping me fulfill this music calling I feel in my life.
I hope the music videos fill you with cheer, hope, or connect with you in an authentic way.
(…because that’s why I do it!)
Y’all are amazing and, truly, I could NOT do this without you!
Thank you for your continued support.
Love, love, love!